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    Oliver Wendell Holmes Autograph Letter Signed and Book Inscribed, both to Dr. Harold Ernst. The book, Holmes' The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, is in fine condition despite moderate bumping to corners. The letter, one page, 4.5" x 7", Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts, February 28, 1891, has two file holes on the last page; gently toned; fine.

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    The book has Holmes' own bookplate on front paste-down endpaper and is inscribed on a front blank leaf, "Harold C. Ernst/ With the kind regards of/ Oliver Wendell Holmes./ August 17, 1888." The letter reads in full: "I am much obliged to you for your interesting Lecture which I sat down and read as soon as I received it. Therefore you should continue to keep us all informed from time to time of the progress making in this wonderful new department of science to which you are directing yourself." Holmes may be referring to a meeting of the New York Academy of Medicine on October 16, 1890, when Dr. Ernst spoke on the rabies virus and vaccination. (Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux developed the first rabies vaccine in1885.)

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    October, 2008
    17th-18th Friday-Saturday
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